Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says there was no better man for the job

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Mick McCarthy will be the man charged with restoring some much-needed pride in following the fortunes of Ipswich Town.

The expected appointment was only confirmed yesterday morning, but appeared to be the worst kept secret in football ahead of an official unveiling.

Our defence has been the glaring problem the previous two managers have failed miserably to sort out, so with former centre-back McCarthy now in the hoteseat, we should all let out a big sigh of relief.

For the place we are currently in, with the available candidates putting themselves forward, there is no better man for the job.

The 53-year-old understands what it takes to reawaken a club stuck trading on past glories and fire them up to the Permier League, as he has done with both Wolves and Sunderland.

He is also the kind of manager who will shake things up from the moment he walks into Portman Road and put a rocket under those all-too-comfortabale players that clearly need it.

Experience was key in this appointment and while it may not be the tikka-takka football brand of Barcelona he deploys, Big Mick is a man who will make the best out of what he has at his disposal, as he did so well with the Republic of Ireland at the 2002 World Cup.

Whether Matt Holland has some role in his former international manager’s backroom staff looks unlikely at the time of writing, which would be a shame as he would have added the missing ingredient of the ‘Ipswich way’.

The size of McCarthy’s task was laid bare in a woeful 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday that leaves us four points adrift.

Richie Wellens’ comments that it was only the loan players who seem to care about losing was a shocking indictment of what is going on behind the scenes.

A tricky run of fixtures begins with a trip to Lee Clark’s Birmingham City on Saturday — I just hope the honeymoon period kicks in fast.